Greetings from Upstate South Carolina

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by leirob007, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. leirob007

    leirob007 Chirping

    Apr 4, 2012
    Upstate South Carolina
    I am not new to the website or reading the forums. I find it quite relaxing to come in here and read the forums, look at coops and chicks and forget the days pressures.
    I've made a lot of mistakes in my time. and I learned how to overcome them.

    Last hatching season I was not happy at all. I had hatch rates averaging 65% for several hatches.
    At the end of the winter I ran into an old man who gave me some advice. He hatched chickens for over 70 years of his life before he finally quit.
    I told him about my hatches and how I'd always have a few that did not hatch. They candled out good all the way to hatch day. then nothing. but a dead egg that was slam full of wet baby bird. once in a long while I'd have one to pip open and leak yolk then die.
    I went on to tell him about a few articles I have read in dry air hatching and asked his opinion.
    He kinda snickered at me and replied " quit drowning your chicks and don't dehydrate them either. " " Don't be in such a confounded hurry to put water back in that thing ( incubator )"
    I dwelled on his advice for awhile and all of a sudden I got excited about hatching eggs again.

    My First hatch this year I let the incubator fall into the 30% range before adding water back in it.
    results--------- 14 out of 16
    That Hatch was done in a GQF Hovabator with an egg turner
    My Second hatch I let the incubator fall to the high 20's on the Humidity
    results ---- 19 out of 20
    I bought a Little Giant Still air incubator and moved these to it on the 18th day.
    My Third hatch I let it fall to the low 20's
    results ------ 19 out of 20
    I added a Fan kit to the Little Giant here.
    My Forth hatch I let it fall to 18% Humidity between refills
    results----- 20 out of 20

    I had planned to stop hatching this spring there BUT ( there is always a but )
    My brother Brought me 14 green eggs from a friend on the other side of the state. Another friend brought me 10 of his game eggs to hatch. so I gathered up 2 days of eggs and set 15 of my RIR/BR crosses. I'll let you know my birthday how it turns out.
    I hope this helps someone along the way.

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG] . Can't wait for you to share your knowledge on the forum
  3. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hello and :welcome
    You sound like you have a very interesting background. Congratulations on such successful hatches! You've obviously learned a lot. Good luck, I hope this one is just as good! :D

    Enjoy the forums, see you round. :frow
  4. leirob007

    leirob007 Chirping

    Apr 4, 2012
    Upstate South Carolina
    It's you, the people of BYC that actually started my quest for the " Perfect Hatch "
    So I can not take the credit there. but OWE the results I have gathered and documented so well with notes and hatch calendars for every hatch to the people of BYC.
    There are no competitions on here. Only a family environment where we can talk to our other "brothers and sisters" with a common intereast.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Congrats :thumbsup

  6. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  8. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

  9. [​IMG] from Southern California! [​IMG]

  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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